|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Al Pacino, Robert Loggia, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Paul Shenar, F. Murray Abraham|
|Director:||Brian De Palma|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Collections:||100 Eighties Greats, LUTA Presents... Latin American Movies|
|Run time:||2 hours 44 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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You cockaroach!By a customer from Manchester, England , 18 Dec 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Fantastic. This film is by far one of the best movies I have ever seen. The story is a remake of a classic gangster movie, this time round though it is set on the sun washed beaches of Miami.
Young Antonio Montana has been set free from a Cuban jail and sent to Miami on a boat (this film is based on the Cuban 'Boat Lift', in which Fiedel Castro sent the dregs of his jails over to the US unaware to US officials.
He soon begins working for a drug kingpin and gets very ambitious!
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Good, But not as good as expected.By a customer from Kent , 18 Mar 2010Been looking forward to watching this for a long time, quite long, very good in generall, but not as good as i thought it would be.
Violent with no plotBy mattnmanda (3 reviews) from Cambridge , 01 Feb 2010I watched this as one of those classic films, the ones everyone always talks about. I was sorely disappointed. There was no real story to speak off just lots of violent scenes pasted together. After what seemed like a promising start I started losing interest after an hour and half - it was just very dull, I would even go so far as to say boring. Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer were the only cast members who could act, the rest were unconvincing. What a waste of almost 3 hours of my life I could have done something interesting instead.
Deserves Its ReputationBy my2cents (2 reviews) from Exeter , 04 Dec 2009I must be really in the minority having never seen this film until now, but... What a great film! It completely deserves its cult status. If you're reading this trying to decide whether to watch it, stop reading now and just rent it. This film deserves to be watched.
Al Pachino is first class, believable even in his over-the-top role. A complete a**hole of a character but you still warm to him - now that is great acting. He deserves all the praise given to him on this site (even by those who don't care for the movie) and everywhere else. Although it may seem Tony Montana is easy to play, Pachino gives him depth way beyond the script making him a real person in a film that overall lacks emotional depth and could have easily passed by without creating any empathy in the viewer whatsoever.
Michelle Pfeiffer may seem hollow but I thought the almost empty aspect of her performance portrays her character perfectly. She balances Pachino's zest for life (initially) and the result is believable as he becomes more like her.
Yes the supporting actors are on the whole pretty poor, but this was 1983 - budgets for supporting actors were not so good!
If you don't like gangster movies or desperately need some kind of upbeat side to the story I might guess that you would not like this film. But for anyone with a passing interest (like me) in any more recent gangster flicks make sure you see this. Watching this with fresh eyes in 2009 you can see how so many modern films have tried to emulate different elements of Scarface. It's amazing how very few have been in the running for getting it as good.
Overall, worth watching just for Pachino. Could be seen as dated now, but I didn't find it so - point of story, themes and characters are just as relevant today.
If you haven't seen it, rent it.
If you saw it ages ago and just remember the violent bits, see it again, be surprised at how well this movie has faired with time.
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The 80s Gangster FilmBy GaryI (785 reviews) from March, Cambs , 29 Nov 2009Film Retrospective: Scarface is a wonderful study of a psychopath, and greed & corruption. The quintessential 80s movie, it may seem very stuck in its time but it has a perfect performance from Al Pacino and is an enthralling film. Condemned on its release for the violence its actually quite tame, although the themes are played out in the frightening world of cocaine smuggling. If you've never seen this then its a must-see.
scarfaceBy litewate (64 reviews) from Gillingham , 06 Oct 2009
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHidea classic movie,brillant forgotten how good it was,this is what movies & movie stars are surposed to be like.